Portland had the night off
Freddy Guzman is expected to be promoted to the Padres within the week. He is fully recovered from a hamstring injury and has shown speed on the base paths with Portland since returning to the lineup. Guzman has stolen 59 bases between Mobile and Portland this year.
Mobile lost 6-2
As of Thursday night, Brian Whitaker was still bothered by his strained pectoral muscle. He is tentatively scheduled to pitch on Sunday but a decision is not expected until the weekend.
Clay Hensley pitched a complete game on Thursday, the second straight outing he has gone eight innings in a game. This time was much different than his last time out when he allowed one run. He gave up six runs, four earned, while trying a season high with 11 hits allowed and walking two. Ten of the hits were singles and after the second inning he was not in serious trouble until the eighth when he allowed two runs.
His last error came 37 games ago and he had errors in consecutive games. On Thursday, Ben Johnson matched the total with two errors in the same game. His error in the second inning allowed a run to score. At the plate he had another two hit night, going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. It was his eighth multi-hit game in the last 12 games.
“Defensively I could improve to get better jumps on the ball,” Ben Johnson said. “Little things like not missing ground balls that come to me.”
Lake Elsinore lost 3-2
Michael Johnson returned to the Storm after a few weeks rehabbing in Peoria. He went 0-for-1 in a pinch hitting role, grounding out in the eighth. He went on to play first base in the ninth. He batted .345 in eight games with Peoria, smacking five doubles.
Antonio Osuna pitched his second inning with Lake Elsinore and again did not allow a run. He struck out one and actually opened the game as the starter before giving way to David Pauley.
Pauley dropped his tenth decision of the year. He went seven innings and gave up three runs on five hits and three walks. He has walked three in a game eight times in 23 starts. He gave up a homer, just his second homer surrendered in his last 13 starts. While Pauley leads the team in losses the California League leader has 12 losses. His ERA of 4.42 is the best of all seven pitchers with ten or more losses.
Kervin Jacobo was perfect on Thursday. He went 4-for-4 at the plate, his first four hit game of the year. He is now 8-for-15 in his last three games. He also stole his seventh base of the year. His last theft came on May 21, a span of 65 games. Paul McAnulty has a six game RBI streak and has four doubles in his last three games.
Fort Wayne won 3-2 in 11
Travis Chick was still throwing above 90 miles per hour in the seventh inning and struck out the side to boot! Chick went seven innings, allowed two hits and two walks and did not allow a run. He struck out ten, his highest total since joining Fort Wayne. It was not his highest total of the year as Chick struck out 13 in six innings on July 11 while still with Greensboro. He struck out the side twice in the game.
Peter Ciofrone committed an error in the eighth inning and coupled with a Paul Abraham error scored a run. Ciofrone fielded a ball on the backhand at the edge of the outfield grass and threw the ball towards first that went ten feet down the line and ended up in the dugout. Abraham followed suit on the very next play when he sailed a ball up the line that scored the first run of the game. A wild pitch then plated the second run. Ruben Mora threw a runner out at the plate to end the inning. Abraham has allowed runs in each of his last three appearances but not a one has been earned. Of all the games he has given up runs in, 11, only two of those were all the runs against earned.
Ciofrone shot a ball into the left-centerfield alley in the top of the ninth inning that drove in Brian Wahlbrink while Ciofrone went for three. The relay throw from the shortstop sailed wide and Ciofrone came home untouched to tie the game at 2-2.
A throwing error by Drew Macias could have severely cost the team when it allowed a runner to move into scoring position with two outs. Macias real problems have been at the plate. He went 0-for-3, including grounding into a double play, with a walk and is 2-for-30 over his last eight games, dropping his average from .295 to .277.
Eugene won 9-7
Orlando Diaz was one of three Emeralds to record three or more hits. He went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. It was his first three hit game of the year and of his pro career. He entered the game hitting .215 on the year and left hitting .228. It was his fifth multi-hit game of the year in 45 games.
Sean Kazmar went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI’s. On Wednesday he hit his fifth homer of the year and has now knocked in runs in three straight games. He is also hitting a season high .288 on the year and it coincides with his dad being in town. A good luck charm indeed! His two run triple also ended up being the game winner.
Christopher Kolkhorst had the first four hit game of his career. After twice recording three hits in a game, Kolkhorst went 4-for-5 on Thursday with a double and three runs scored. It was the second time this year he has scored three runs in a game. He is now 7-for-18 from the leadoff spot.
Colt Morton tied the game up in the eighth inning with his 14th homer of the season. Every time that Lachlan Dale ties Morton for the league lead, Morton quickly responds to retake the lead. His homer was a two run shot and he also singled in a run in the second. He has five RBI’s over his last two games and has knocked in two or more in 11 games for the Ems.
"I am not walking to the plate trying to hit the ball a mile," Morton said of the difference in his game since returning to Eugene.
Richard Steik got his first save as a member of the Ems. He had four with Peoria before joining Eugene. After giving up runs in five straight games to open his Eugene career, he has held the opposition off the board in three of his last four.
Peoria had the night off